White House Asks Kappeler to Participate in Policy Review Session

White House Asks Kappeler to Participate in Policy Review Session

An Eastern Kentucky University faculty member has been asked by the White House to participate in a “policy review listening session” and discuss federal programs and policies related to equipping state and local law enforcement agencies.

Dr. Victor Kappeler, Foundation professor and associate dean, School of Justice Studies in EKU’s College of Justice & Safety, was asked by the White House Office of Public Engagement to participate in the listening session on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m. In its invitation, the White House said Kappeler’s “academic research is relevant to this review.”

In 2012, Kappeler received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Critical Criminology. His textbooks are commonly used by leading universities nationwide, and Kappeler is widely recognized as a scholar in media and the social construction of crime, police deviance and police civil liability, among other related fields. He is frequently sought as an expert by nationally prominent newspapers and magazines as well as television networks.

Kappeler is also a product of EKU’s College of Justice & Safety, from which he earned three degrees in addition to a doctoral degree from Sam Houston State University. He joined the EKU faculty in 1992.

This is the second time in less than a month that an EKU faculty member has been asked to testify on a national level. On Sept. 9, Kappeler’s EKU colleague, Dr. Peter Kraska, professor and chair, Graduate Studies and Research, School of Justice Studies in EKU’s College of Justice & Safety, testified at a high-profile U.S. Senate hearing titled “Oversight of Federal Programs for the Acquisition of Military-Grade Equipment by State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.” Kraska testified at the invitation of U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) and Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), both ranking members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Published on September 30, 2014